Welcome to our fifth edition of Artist Spotlight. This week’s Artist is Trev Murphy!
Q: Who are you and what do you do?
A: I’m Trev Murphy and I draw sketch cards for official sets, commissions and for eBay.
Q: How do you work? (Tools of the trade, etc)
A: I use a mechanical pencil to draw, Copic multiliners to ink and Copic sketch markers to color. It takes a while to do a card as I tend to lose myself in it!
I started off using pots of colored inks and water on watercolor card but once I tried Copic markers there was no going back!
Q: How did you get your start?
A: Well my partner Veronica O’Connell, also a sketch card artist, was looking around eBay a couple of years ago, trying to find some way of making money from our artwork. We initially thought of paintings but Veron found miniature artwork called ACEO’s so we tried that. Once we started selling our work we were hooked. We drew movie and television characters and Veron was drawn to female superheroes.
After a couple of months I received an email from Tom Breyer of Breygent Marketing offering me my first set.
Q: What styles of art do you most identify with (please feel free to include other artist’s names, or other inspirations, etc.)
A: I love the old Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella comics by Warner – Bernie Wrightson, Rich Corben, Frank Frazetta, Basil Gogos and more.
The paintings of Wayne Thiebaud, Arnold Bocklin, Hieronymus Bosch are favorites too.
Q: What kind of artwork do you most enjoy doing/creating?
A: I love doing sketch cards when it’s good card stock and I don’t feel rushed. I also enjoy painting larger stuff with acrylics on water color card.
Q: What projects have you worked on in the past?
A: Dexter, Project Superpowers, Army of Darkness, The Tudors, Vampirella, DAWN, Dark Zodiac, Dungeon Dolls, Kick-Ass, Treasure Chests and Booty, Hammer Films, Avengers, Doctor Who, Night of the Living Dead, The Walking Dead, Bettie Page, Star Wars Galaxy 7 and a couple of charity sets including Island Dreams and the 501st.
Q: What is your Dream Project? (if you have one)
A: I’d love to work on a Twin Peaks set.
Q: What do you like about the art world?
A: I like having flexible hours so I can work all night. I love when the people who commission me are happy with their card.
Q: What do you DISlike about the art world?
A: Cruel deadlines, not getting paid and back pain.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given professionally?
A: If you don’t enjoy it do something else!
Q: What is your goal, professionally?
A: I don’t know. Sorry.
Q: What wouldn’t you do without, and why? (could be art supplies, or anything else you wish)
A: I couldn’t do without podcasts and audiobooks! They help the hours fly by and keep me anchored to my desk!
Q: Are you open for commissions, and if so, how can people contact you?
Q: What super power(s) would you like to have, and why? (could be more than one)
A: The genius and charm of Tony Stark with a faster-than-light Iron Man suit. I’d go and check out all the extrasolar planets I could find!
If you would like to learn more about Trev , see more of his work, commission him – or anything else in between… his contact info is listed below! Thanks for reading, and Thanks Trev, for being our Fifth Artist Spotlight!
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